Bauchi assembly minority leader, Hon. Bobbo distances self from Marshal road contract

Mohammed Kaka Misau

A member representing Chiroma Constituency in the Bauchi state house of assembly, Hon. Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo has distanced himself from the Marshal road contract project awarded by the state government few years back.

The Lawmaker who is the minority leader in the assembly made this known during a town hall meeting in Misau yesterday.

He explained that, although he attracted the project from the state government, but he has no hand in the contract or collected money from it as being insinuated by the opposition.

While vowing not to join issues with people who he said, believed they can win election by dragging his name into disrepute, the Lawmaker said he can not sabotage a project he worked tirelessly to attract for his people.

“If you can recall, I had an interview with your medium some time in December 2020 during which I hinted the people of my constituency that the Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed has approved the award of contract for the re-construction of Marshall road in a supplementary budget”, he said.

According to him, since then, God has not made it possible for the project to commence until mid 2022.

The Lawmaker recalled that Governor Bala Mohammed who came for a campaign tour in Misau local government area, also commended him for attracting developmental projects to his constituency, Chiroma.

Hon. Bobbo said that the Governor while commending him, made it clear that he has been on his neck to ensure that the Chiroma constituency is not left out in terms of distribution of dividends of democracy going on across the state.

“It is unfortunate that some opposition, particularly APC who felt that mudslinging of someone will make them succeed have been alleging that the Governor gave me contract for renovation of marshall road and I pocketed the money”, he lamented.

Hon. Bobbo who said that during the town hall meeting everything concerning the road project was fully discussed, expressed appreciation to God that people were convinced that work is in progress and they expressed gratitude to the governor.

“I am happier than anyone else because the people of my constituency have now come to realize the truth of the matter”, he said.

Hon. Bobbo who expressed delight that his submission during the town hall meeting was able to show the people that the allegations are merely political, wondered how a right thinking person will accuse him of sabotaging a project he attracted for his people.

“How can someone say that I have been given money? Am I a contractor? I am a lawmaker. I am the one who facilitated the project. It is uncalled for, for someone to just wake up and claim that I have collected the money”, he said.

The lawmaker who said that the work on the road is ongoing, pointed out that he has no link to the contract and has never seen the contactor.

He promised never to join issues with the opposition who feel by dragging someone’s name in the mud, they would win election, adding that his achievements is there to speak for him.

Hon. Bobbo who expressed delight that the project is progressing, lamented the attitude of some Politicians who derive pleasure in propagating falsehood for their selfish interest.

“These crops of politicians believe that, to win election, one has to peddle rumors and falsehood, their foot soldiers, the social media boys who used to post anything on the internet, do they know what they are doing? They don’t know, they are just doing it to impress their pay masters who want to portray the PDP in bad light”, Hon Bobbo stressed.

The lawmaker said, “on our part, we don’t want to be saying what they are saying, if we begin to behave like them, I assure you that they won’t have the courage to come home. But we don’t consider politics as a do or die affair. We believe that it is God that gives power to whom He so wishes”.

While challenging his predecessor to showcase his achievements for the people of Chiroma constituency to make assessment, Hon Bobbo said that the APC administration did not do anything for the people of Misau local government.

The minority leader who thanked members of his constituency for participating in the meeting, pledged continued purposeful representation.

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